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The Divided Mind of American Liberalism James R. Hurtgen

The Divided Mind of American Liberalism

James R. Hurtgen

Published December 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780739103203
Hardcover
152 pages
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The Divided Mind of American Liberalism reveals the crisis at the heart of modern American liberalism. James Hurtgens historical narrative traces the liberal movement through three periods of reform: the progressive movement, the New Deal, and theMoreThe Divided Mind of American Liberalism reveals the crisis at the heart of modern American liberalism. James Hurtgens historical narrative traces the liberal movement through three periods of reform: the progressive movement, the New Deal, and the Great Society. Drawing on the views of political activists, presidents, and theorists the work examines the tensions that resulted in the ideological disunion based on deep and lasting divisions over the desirability of centralized political power of the communitarian decentralists and individualist modernist wings of the liberal movement. It documents how a modernist willingness to accept properly reformed, nationally exercised power held sway through much of the century only to be supplanted in the sixties and early seventies by decentralists, champions of local government as the ideal political unit. This superb study demonstrates the central role liberalism has played in modern American political development and lays bare a liberal movement thrown into crisis by competing theories of social order.